I have read many books
and seen tons of pictures of shops over the years.
Most of the shops in
the books and online I see are nice, big spaces
crammed full of wood and tools.
So when I had the opportunity
to set up a new shop at my house I naturally wanted to build
a nice big shop.
Unfortunately my budget had
other ideas, so I started looking for alternatives. What I
ended up with was a nicely built, pre-made 10x16 storage
building. It did have a higher ceiling and some lofts for
extra storage. Also it had a wrap-around shelf that would
need to come out. I was a bit apprehensive that 10x16 would
be big enough, but decided to put my mind to maximizing my
available space. The other rule I made myself, NO lawn and
garden tools, only dedicated woodworking tools.
The first thing I did was to
remove all of the wrap-around shelving. I set all that
material aside and I actually have plans for it later. Then
I moved most of my stuff in. I had done some preliminary
planning with little scale drawings so I had an idea where I
wanted everything. Also, once the porch was on it made
access to the shop much easier, plus I can now grill and
drill with ease!
I decided to place most of my
stuff along the long walls of the shop. This gave me a
relative large open area in the middle of the shop. On the
left wall I put my workbench, tool chests, drill press,
scroll saw, and even a small cabinet.
The right side wall has my
table saw, and a long combination router table and miter saw
table. In my old shop I had a cheap power miter saw on this
table, but now it houses my 1930ís cast iron Wards Master
(Stanley) miter box.
The router table in the right
wing of the table almost never gets used anymore since I got
into traditional woodworking and use more molding planes.
In fact I have a radio and book
sitting on it and Iíve not even plugged my router in since I
moved into this shop almost a year ago! The spaces under the
top of the table house 1 drawer with router bits in it, and
have room for many more drawers as the need arises. I also
store my planer, shop vac, and store wood under the miter saw